Martins Dukurs wins World Cup race in Lake Placid
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) Martins Dukurs of Latvia continued his perfect World Cup skeleton season Saturday, winning a race in Lake Placid for his fourth victory.
Dukurs was the fastest in both runs by a sizable margin, finishing his two trips down the track at Mount Van Hoevenberg in 1 minute, 48.28 seconds. Yun Sung-Bin of South Korea was second in 1:48:76, and Dukurs' brother, Tomass Dukurs, was third in 1:49.13.
Martins Dukurs was simply flying at the finish, reaching the top speed of the day of nearly 74 mph as he crossed the line to finish his first run.
Axel Jungk of Germany was fourth, followed by Americans Matt Antoine and Kyle Brown.
Antoine finished 1.63 seconds back of Martins Dukurs, and Brown was nearly two seconds off the winning pace - a sign of how dominant the slider known on the circuit as ''Superman'' was again Saturday.
''I think I'm definitely moving in the right direction even though I'm a little behind,'' said Antoine, the Olympic bronze medalist from the 2014 Sochi Games. ''The best I can do is improving on what I have right now and keep building. Despite this not being the result I wanted, I can honestly say this is the first week in over a year that I've had fun sliding.''
Jungk moved into second behind Martins Dukurs in the season points chase, able to do so in large part because Russia's Alexander Tretiakov - the second-place finisher in the first three races of the season - was not competing. Tomass Dukurs got his first top-three finish of the season and moved into third in the season standings.